Posted by moderndaygourmet on September 2, 2007
My aunt Gloria makes amazing cream pies. She travels to visit us most holidays so instead of bringing food, she makes the pies when she gets there. I am always anxiously waiting for them!
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 baked piecrust (8 inches)
Place all but pie shell in top of double boiler. Cook over water, stirring, until thick. Remove from heat and add variation (see *). Cool slightly and pour into pie crust.
3 egg whites
1 tablespoon water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
6 tablespoons sugar
Beat all but sugar until frothy. Add sugar 1/2 teaspoon at a time, beat until stiff peaks. Spread on cooled filling and bake at 300 for 15-20 minutes until browned.
* Variations on filling:
For lemon, add 2 lemons, juice and zest
For chocolate, add 1 ounce melted bittersweet chocolate
For coconut, add 2/3 cups flaked coconut
For banana, add 2 sliced ripe bananas to bottom of pie shell before filling